THE English Premier League kicks off today for a long stretch of 38 games for each team.
In the early game, Liverpool should open with full points, but the price offered by the bookmakers is too short for my liking. Much the same applies to Arsenal, who face an improved Aston Villa, but are at a ridiculous price.
Norwich face Everton and the home team had a fair record at home last year, and look a fair price given the fact that they won this match 2-1 last season.
My first draw forecast is for Sunderland to be held to a draw by Fulham, who face the long journey up north. This fixture ended in a 2-2 draw last season.
West Ham have been busy in the transfer market and are my confident selection to beat new boys Cardiff, who were promoted from the Second Division last season.
West Brom are at home to Southampton, who struggled on the road last season and I think West Brom will repeat last season’s score for a 2-0 home win.
In the late game tonight, Swansea host Manchester United and they could be some value for money in the draw bet as this fixture finished 1-1 last season, and I go for the same result today.
Sunday’s early game is at 2.30 pm, where promoted Crystal Palace host Spurs in the first of this season’s London derbies.
Spurs are my confident selection and at a fair price of 7-10 should be used in all doubles and trebles.
In the late game tomorrow at 5 pm, Chelsea host promoted Hull and the boys in blue look the best bet of the weekend to get maximum points, and quite rightly are at the short price of 1-5.
The final fixture takes place on Monday night at 9 pm. Manchester City look another good bet when they host Newcastle, also at short odds. It could be a high-scoring affair because City hammered the opponents 4-0 and 3-1 last season.
The rugby game of the weekend is in Sydney when Australia host New Zealand at noon today. I will stay with my favourite rugby team to make us money and tip the All Blacks for a maximum bet to overcome the five-point handicap that bookmakers have given them.
I would not recommend risking any money on the Currie Cup game between Western Province and the Cheetahs.